McLean High Holds Holiday Bazaar

McLean High Holds Holiday Bazaar

Eighty-one vendors sell wares and 5,300 people attend this ‘Indoor McLean Day.’

Acrylic painting artist Brenda Reagan of “The Artistic Side.”

Acrylic painting artist Brenda Reagan of “The Artistic Side.” Photo by Steve Hibbard.


Girl Scout Troop 223’s Mariana Berg and Rose Von Eckartsberg sell succulents and evergreen trees to raise money for a trip to Costa Rica for member Jenna Holliday.


Members of the DECA Club of McLean High School at the Holiday Bazaar.


McLean High School’s Marine Bio Club does gift-wrapping to raise funds for a Chesapeake Bay Aquarium at the school. Pictured, from left: Farah Nasir, Bela Bhatnagar, Lauren Thompson, Jerrick Bravo and Rebeca LeBlanc.

About 5,300 people attended the 20th annual Holiday Bazaar at McLean High School on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The “indoor McLean Day” sponsored by the McLean High School Boosters Club featured 81 craft vendors, including school clubs and local businesses. Money raised helps support student athletic programs, academic clubs and activities and programs at the school.

According to Forrest Stieg, President of the McLean High School Boosters Club: “The McLean Boosters Holiday Bazaar is an event where we bring in vendors and the local community to come in to celebrate and begin the season through shopping and supporting the McLean High School activities, clubs, and sports programs across the board to better the high school, enriching the student’s activities. We raise funds for events that go back to the school’s programs that help improve the students’ learning capabilities from a high school perspective.”

The vendors offered everything from scented soap, leather bags, jewelry, and custom painted baseballs, to candles, beauty products, scarves, hair bows, home decor and more. The event included a roaming Santa as well as performances by the McLean High School Orchestra. Most of the vendors had some connection to McLean High School -- some are former students or parents, and all wanted to give back to the McLean community.

This year’s goal was to raise funds to be used for McLean Athletic Boosters, going beyond supporting the sports teams to include the entire high school population. The goal of the MHS Fund is to bring the entire MHS campus into the 21st century. In the past four years, it completed a new electronic scoreboard, new weight room, the turf field, an initial step in developing a comprehensive campus improvement master plan. Plans include an improved track, a sixth tennis court, and a second artificial turf field.